Performing songwriters from the states of Maine and Texas dominate the list of ten finalists named this week in the 2014 Wildflower! Performing Songwriter Contest. Each will perform two songs on the Singer Songwriter Stage during the 22nd annual Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival at Galatyn Park in Richardson, Texas, just a few minutes north of Dallas. Billed as North Texas’ largest music festival, it takes place, May 16-18. [To continue reading the article and see the list of finalists, click on the headline.]
Singer-songwriter Jesse Winchester lost his battle with cancer on April 11, 2014, just over a month shy of his 70th birthday. He died at his home in Charlottesville, Virginia. A songwriter’s songwriter, Jesse Winchester was revered and widely covered by other artists. [To continue reading the article, click on the headline.]
Fifteen performing songwriters from Texas and five other states will showcase their original songs and talents as they compete for $3,200 in prize money during the annual Songwriter Serenade competition on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at Moravia Parish Hall in Moravia, TX. [To continue reading this article, click on the headline].
Finalists have been named in the 22nd annual Chris Austin Songwriting Contest, hosted by MerleFest 2014, the popular roots-oriented music festival that takes place April 24-27 on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. [To continue reading the article, click on the headline.]
One Evening in May, recorded live at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley, California last May by bluegrass and Americana artist Laurie Lewis with friends Tom Rozum and Nina Gerber, was the most-played album on folk radio during March 2014, according to charts compiled by Richard Gillmann from radio playlists submitted to FOLKDJ-L, an electronic discussion group for DJs and others interested in all folk-based music on the radio. [To view the Top Albums and Songs charts for March 2014, click on the headline.]
Serena Ryder, an Ontario-based folk-rock singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, with four prior JUNO Awards, was named Artist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year in the 2014 Canadian equivalent of the Grammys. Toronto-based alt-country singer-songwriter Justin Rutledge’s Valleyheart and The Strumbellas’ We Still Move on Dance Floors were named Roots & Traditional Album of the Year – Solo and Group, respectively. [To continue reading this article, click on the headline.]
The Texas Hill Country comes alive with the sounds of Americana and roots music of all varieties, April 10-13, 2014. That’s when the Old Settler’s Music Festival returns to the Salt Lick BBQ Pavilion and Camp Ben McCulloch in Driftwood, Texas, just south of Austin. Now in its 27th year, the festival also takes place during what’s usually the height of bluebonnet and wildflower season. [To continue reading this short article, click on the headline.]
The maddening crowds of summer won’t be there, but several hundred performing artists and others engaged in the music business are expected to converge on the historic Victorian-lined New Jersey seaside resort community of Cape May, March 28-29, 2014, for the seventh annual Singer-Songwriter Cape May conference. [To continue reading the article, click on the headline.]
Showcase artists have recently been selected and workshops and panel discussions have been lined-up for the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) New Jersey Area One-Day Mini-Conference slated for Saturday, April 5. Presented in partnership with The Sanctuary Concerts and The Folk Project at the Presbyterian Church (240 Southern Boulevard, Chatham, NJ) that is home to The Sanctuary Concerts, the event, which extends from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., is designed to give artists, presenters, DJs, agents and others engaged in the folk music scene a small taste of what takes place during the annual NERFA Conference each fall. [To continue reading the article, click on the headline.]
Singer-songwriter Dan Navarro spent more than 20 years as part of the acclaimed acoustic duo Lowen and Navarro; has penned songs covered by other notable artists (including the Grammy-nominated “We Belong” as sung by Pat Benatar); has been a singer and voice actor in numerous movies, television series and commercials; and is an ardent champion of songwriters’ and performers’ rights. Since the 2009 retirement of his late musical partner Eric Lowen, he’s been touring widely as a solo artist. Kathy Sands-Boehmer spoke with Navarro recently. To read her Q & A with him, click on the headline.
JUNO Award-winning Canadian band Blackie and The Rodeo Kings' January release, South, was #1 on Roots Music Report's new monthly Top 50 Roots/Americana Albums Chart for February 2014. Rounding out the top 10 most-played albums were discs by The Stray Birds, Brandy Clark, Guy Clark, Little Miss Higgins & The Winnipeg Five, The Greencards, Mandolin Orange, Michael Martin Murphey, Tim Easton and Ray Benson. [Roots Music Report's first monthly Top 50 Roots/American Albums Chart is posted with permission on AcousticMusicScene.com. To view it, click on the headline.]
Bright Side of Down, the new release by singer-songwriter John Gorka, was the most-played album on folk radio during February 2014, closely followed by Where Have All The Flowers Gone? The Songs of Pete Seeger, according to charts compiled by Richard Gillmann from radio playlists submitted to FOLKDJ-L, an electronic discussion group for DJs and others interested in all folk-based music on the radio. Gorka's "Holed Up in Mason City" was reportedly the month's most-played song. The monthly top albums and songs charts are posted with permission on AcousticMusicScene.com. To view them, click on the headline.